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Dittmann Named Chairman of SEA Europe

Kjeld Dittmann, the Managing Director of Lyngsø Marine A/S, is the new Chairman of the European Ships and Maritime Equipment Association (SEA Europe).    He succeeds Govert Hamers,

Ex-BP Engineer Deserves New Gulf Spill Trial -US Appeals Court

A former BP Plc engineer deserves a new trial on an obstruction of justice charge related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday.

WHOI Names Abbott President, Director

Mark Abbott selected to become the next president and director of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution   The board of trustees of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) announced that Dr.

‘Old Salt’ Designation Passed to Vice Adm. Tidd

The “Old Salt” designation, honoring the Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) serving on active duty with the earliest Surface Warfare Qualification, passed from Adm. Sam Locklear to Vice Adm.

Voith Turbo Names Calhoun VP of O&G Sales

Shawn Calhoun has joined Voith Turbo’s Power, Oil & Gas Division as Vice President of Sales – Oil and Gas, to be based at the company’s new Houston, Texas office

Ki-tack Lim Elected as IMO Secretary General

 Ki-tack Lim from the Republic of Korea has been elected as the new Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), with effect from January 1,

Port of Seattle Hires Director of Labor Relations

David Freiboth has been hired as a member of the Port of Seattle’s executive team, assuming the role of senior director of labor relations effective July 16.   In his new position,

X2 Turns to Coal for First Deal

X2 Resources, the private equity fund set up by former Xstrata boss Mick Davis, is now in initial bi-lateral talks to buy some of Rio Tinto's Australian coal assets,

Activists Planning Protest Against Shell's Arctic Business

U.S. environmental activists said they planned to protest on Tuesday against the launch of the second of two oil rigs central to Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic.

Oando Sheds 60 pct of Downstream to Vitol

Nigeria's Oando has agreed to sell a 60 percent stake in its downstream business to Vitol and Helios Investment Partners for $276 million, the energy company said on Tuesday.

Germany Postpones Fracking Vote

Germany has delayed a parliamentary vote on new rules for the disputed technique of fracking for shale gas after parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition failed to agree on final details,

Eni to send 1.4 mln Tonnes/Year of LNG to Indonesia

Italian oil firm Eni on Tuesday signed agreements to sell 1.4 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of liquefied natural gas from an Indonesian deepwater project to state-run company Pertamina.

Environmentalists: California Oil Train Risks Worse in Minority Areas

Californians most exposed to the risks of oil train derailments or fires overwhelmingly live in poorer, minority neighborhoods, two environmental groups in the state said on Tuesday.

CMA CGM, Chinese Bank in Finance Deal

French container shipping group CMA CGM said on Tuesday it will sign a $1 billion financing agreement with the Export-Import Bank of China. Marseilles-based

Maersk: No Issue in Funding Greek Operations

Oil and shipping conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk said on Tuesday it was experiencing no problems funding operations in Greece or getting paid by Greek customers

OPEC Output at 3-Year High

Supply rises by 300,000 bpd to 31.60 million bpd; Iraq exports hit record despite Baghdad, KRG tension. OPEC oil supply in June has climbed to a three-year high

Maritime, Migration Heads Pledge Joint Action

The heads of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Monday, June 29 reaffirmed their commitment

Maritime Museum Honors Volunteers’ Service

On June 18, 2015, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) recognized a team of more than 275 volunteers for their combined 28,235 hours of service toward the museum over the last year.

Chinese Prime Minister to Visit CMA CGM

 The CMA CGM Group is will host the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang in its Marseilles headquarters on July 1.   Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang is scheduled

Petrobras Guts 5-year Spending Plan

Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras said on Friday it plans to spend $130.3 billion in the 2015-2019 period, 41 percent less than in its previous 2014-2018 five-year plan,

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